School bells ring Monday |

School bells ring Monday

Is summer over already?

The tell-tale sign is children equipped with new pens and pencils, unmarked notebooks and healthy tans from summer vacations stepping aboard school buses.

Fall is almost here, and Monday morning the first bells will ring at area school campuses.

A fresh attitude – including fresh coats of paint and other improvements – seems to be the theme at all campuses for the 2000-01 school year.

Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District teachers and staff will represent the entire educational community in the realization that it “is attitude, more than aptitude, which predicts success,” said TTUSD Superintendent Pat Gemma.

Many teachers received training this summer from an organization called The Eagle Institute, which aims to provide teachers with knowledge on how to influence students to accept more personal responsibility for their academic and social growth.

Sierra Mountain Middle School eighth grade math teacher Christine Smith was busy “sorting through the chaos” to organize and decorate her classroom Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m making my room look real good to help motivate the kids,” Smith said.

“The kids are going to be so excited,” Smith said, referring the new coat of red paint the middle school got over the summer. “They made our school our actual school colors.”

Tahoe-Truckee High School senior Danny Martinez is the Associated Student Body President for the 2000-01 school year, and was at school Tuesday with other school officers to help out with the orientation and begin decorating the hallways for the first day of school.

“Freshman orientation went really well. The freshmen seemed excited about coming up to the high school,” Martinez said. “They learned a lot from our motivational speaker about making high school count.”

“It’s my senior year so I’m really looking forward to school this year. There’s so many new students and so many awesome ideas that I think it’s going to be a great year,” Martinez said.

For more back to school information, see the Back to School insert in this week’s Sierra Sun in the middle of our A section. A school bus schedule is printed on page 8B.

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